How to Choose the Best Orthodontist When Getting Braces For Your Kids
How can you pick the best orthodontist? Should you pick the cheapest orthodontist? Or go with the most highly successful orthodontist? What’s the right thing to look for?
Won’t you get the “best deal” from one who really needs your business?
Maybe. These are good questions and we will answer each one below…
Choose a Highly Successful Orthodontist
One good clue to selecting the best orthodontist is a busy practice.
When you see a full and lively office and waiting room, there are probably a whole lot of patient referrals. Kids or parents don’t enthusiastically refer if they feel they were lied to or had a bad experience…
Additionally they wouldn’t come to that practice if they were overcharged.
Parents tell parents about the best orthodontists and orthodontic practices because they’ve earned their trust. And you know it has to be trust, because they’re dealing with the parents’ own children.
What will you find if you come to our offices? That it’s efficient, but very busy. Yes, we advertise. But mostly, our practices thrive by parents telling parents that they can trust putting the future of their kids’ smiles in our hands.
We don’t need to goad you into more expensive care than your son’s or daughter’s situation requires for the best outcome.
We don’t need to “sell” four more sets of braces this month to win a cruise from the manufacturer—and yes, that stuff goes on in some practices.
Ours is a business built on ethics and earned trust. And you do not just need a doctor to install braces; you need a trustworthy, trusted adviser.
The Cheapest Orthodontist is Probably Not the Best Value In The End
Our fees are calculated to allow for “Cadillac + Care” for our patients, so we don’t have to cut corners and take shortcuts just to reduce costs.
We never use any material that is “probably good enough.” Because teeth aren’t just something you’ll “fix just a little bit.”
And if you do find an orthodontist that is a lot cheaper than everywhere else, know this: behind closed doors they’re asking, “Can we do this cheaper?”
And the answer to that question is sure to lead to some unethical practices.
Our orthodontists and our staff are all highly trained to produce state-of-the-art outcomes, nothing less. The doctor makes a difference. That’s why we tell everybody to get a highly successful orthodontist if they are looking for the best orthodontist.
The Top Ten Items To Consider When Looking for The Best Orthodontist
Here are ten more factors you should consider when choosing the best orthodontist for your child…
1. Are they a specialist?
Orthodontists are specially trained dentists who take on several extra years of training in order to straighten teeth. Orthodontists also perform dentofacial orthopedics.
This is a fancy way to describe how we normalize the structure of a patient’s jawbones in order to repair any imbalance in their face.
All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists.
Look for the seal of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Only orthodontic specialists can belong to the AAO.
2. Do they treat adults?
Braces are not just for kids! It’s important that your orthodontist can treat patients of all ages. Many adults are finding out how a healthy and attractive smile is important to their health and the way they feel about themselves.
3. Do they provide the first visit free of charge?
Most orthodontists offer free examinations for new patients so you and your family can get expert advice about treatment needs, options, and timing before making this important investment.
During your first exam and consultation, be sure your questions are answered, your concerns are addressed, and you are educated about all of your treatment options.
The best orthodontists will include digital X-rays during the exam at no charge.
4. Do they offer guarantees?
If so, what are they?
No matter which orthodontist you choose, ultimately you are not making a small investment. That being said, wouldn’t you want to ensure your orthodontist is going to stand behind their treatment?
At Premier Orthodontics, we wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, we offer a satisfaction guarantee.
If your child has any issues or if you are not satisfied with the treatment, our team of smile specialists will make it right, guaranteed.
This means, if your teeth every shift or move, you won’t have to pay for retreatment. Your smile is guaranteed for life.
5. Are they using the latest technology and treatment options available?
Orthodontics today differs a great deal from years past. Computer-designed braces and wires dramatically increase the precision with which we move teeth and shorten treatment time.
6. Does their quoted fee include retainers?
Each orthodontic office has its own fee schedules, and doctors often charge differently for procedures. The best orthodontists will offer you a contract that clearly spells out the expenses for your child’s treatment before it begins. It shouldn’t read like a lawyer wrote it.
You should ask your orthodontist about what retainers cost and also if there are any other hidden fees.
At Premier Orthodontics, there are no hidden fees and your retainers are included with the cost of your treatment!
7. Do they charge for emergency appointments?
Any time you combine kids with braces, you’ll sometimes get broken brackets, poking wires, or other things that require an unscheduled visit.
At Premier Orthodontics, we do provide visits to fix poking wires and brackets free of charge.
8. Do they make you feel special and comfortable?
Regardless if you are reading this article for your own treatment or for your child’s treatment, the best orthodontists will make you feel comfortable.
At Premier Orthodontics, we strive to make you as comfortable as possible before, during, and after treatment.
Our doctors have children of their own, which helps us empathize, relate to, and make your kids feel comfortable and extra special.
9. Do they have a great reputation?
With the internet, it takes one click to pull up ratings and reviews from patients to determine the best orthodontist in your area. Simply go to Google and search for orthodontist reviews and ratings in your town.
Additionally, look on the website for video testimonials from actual patients. You can also ask the orthodontist for references.
10. Are they flexible with payment options?
Once you are comfortable and you know specifically which orthodontist you want to treat you or your child, the next question is, “How much is this going to cost and how am I going to pay for this?”
We help you understand different payment options, from maximizing the most insurance benefits to flex spending accounts to even interest-free payment plans.
During the initial exam and complimentary consultation, we will answer all of your questions, including those about our typical cost of braces and the variety of payment options available.
How to Know What Questions to Ask
I’ve really thought through the questions most parents and patients have—the ones they ask and the ones they don’t.
This guide attempts to cover them all, but in the end `you may still have a question that I missed. The best questions to ask are the ones that matter most to you and your child.
If you have a specific question not answered anywhere in this guide, or have a personal and confidential question, you can—with complete assurance of privacy and courtesy—contact us personally at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-878-2686.
Now that you understand how to pick an orthodontist, let’s answer the question you’re probably wondering…
Schedule a Free Orthodontic Consultation For Your Child
You can schedule a 100% free consultation for you or your child with Premier Orthodontics to find out if and when your child needs braces.
At your initial exam and consultation you’ll discover:
Does my child need braces?
What is the best age to get braces?
What costs should I expect?
How long will the treatment take?